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    Default Possessive case with inanimate objects

    English teacher

    I was wondering if native speakes would never say phrases like these (and if yes, why):

    the street's name
    the table's leg(s)
    the door's handle
    the window's pane
    the book's pages / index
    the house's roof / windows etc.

    and other similar phrases where the first noun refers to inanimate objects.
    I'm going to deal with possessive case with my 11-year-old students and I'd like to give them expressions / examples which are idiomatic and natural to a native's ear.
    Thank you so much.
    WW

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    Default Re: Possessive case with inanimate objects

    Yes. It's when I want to differentiate it from the other tables (or pieces of furniture), or other houses, etc.

    You are in a furniture store:
    A: I love this table.
    B: Yes, but it's too expensive.
    A: But look. This table's legs have some scratches. I wonder if they will drop the price.

    You are on a city street:
    A: I love the architecture here.
    B: Me too. Especially the details. Look at this house's roofline!
    B: Oh yes. That that house's columns.

    You are in an old book store:
    A: Be careful with these old books
    B: Yes, I know. This book's pages are so delicate. I don't want to tear them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Possessive case with inanimate objects

    Thank you Barb. That's a really satisfactory answer.
    Thank you Rover and 5jj.
    WW

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